If California was a separate country, the state would generate the 4th largest economy in the world. The impact the state has exceeds economic statistics, as the Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) proves in the display of artwork crafted by California artists who present unique to California themes
Overview of PMCA
Founded by Pasadena, CA residents Arlene and Robert Ottman, the PMCA opened its doors in June of 2002. The art museum houses one permanent collection, with the mission to feature changing exhibits representing the prime attraction of the Southern California cultural hotspot. Some of the prominent exhibits to appear at PMCA include Wayne Thiebaud: 70 Years of Painting and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory sponsored Data + Art: Science and Art in the Age of Information.
One exhibit has endured the test of time at the PCMA: Kosmic Krylon Garage. Unveiled on July 2004, Kosmic Krylon Garage features the gritty urban artistic vision of native Southern Californian, Kenny Scharf. Collaborating with artists Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Scharf created a unique style that has garnered him international fame. The three-level display includes Scharf’s animated Cartoon Network show on the second floor and the artist’s prized bronze sculptures presented on the third floor. The highlight of the only permanent exhibition to grace the PCMA is the transformation of the museum’s garage on the first floor into the Kosmic Krylon Garage.
Coming in January
From January 21, 2018, until June 3, 2018, Testament of the Spirit: Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo is on display at PCMA. Carrillo has received worldwide acclaim as a surreal and mystical painter whose work combines everyday experiences with magical visions of the future. His art reflects his upbringing in Southern California, as well as the Mexican heritage that has a strong cultural foundation in the region. Carrillo often infuses religion and European artistic traditions into his work. Many of the pieces of art created by Carrillo touch on the themes of racism and social injustice. The PCMA will present Carrillo’s paintings and watercolors in a colorful, bilingual mural exhibition.
Free First Friday
On the first Friday of every month, the PCMA offers free admission for every visitor to the Pasadena, California art museum. You do not need to make a reservation to gain access to Free Friday, which allows you to access every exhibition available for paid entrance to the facility. Make sure to arrive early to avoid waiting in line, especially during the school year when educators organize group tours of the PCMA
Located at 490 E. Union Street in Pasadena, the PCMA is open from noon until 5 pm Wednesday through Sunday. On the 3rd Thursday of each month, the PCMA extends its hours until 9 pm. Admission for adults is $7, while students and educators pay a discounted entrance fee of $5. Free parking is available on the first floor of the museum. We encourage guests of Holiday Inn Burbank to take a Metro train to the PCMA, which is about a 10-minute ride from downtown Burbank, CA.